Thursday, May 15, 2014

TMZ OPENS UP SHOP IN NASHVILLE
Part of Nashville's charm is that celebrities live here, but we don't BOTHER them so they can actually LIVE their lives in a nearly-normal fashion when they're not on stage. But, that may be changing! TMZ, a celebrity gossip Web site, has opened a branch office in Nashville, to start following stars around, and looking for celebrity news to report. Country singer Craig Campbell was one of the gossip site’s first targets after he performed a cover of “Royals” at Winners Bar & Grill in Midtown earlier this month. Several Nashville business owners pointed out that papparazi stalking celebrities doing 'gotcha' stories can be a very negative influence. Our next big star-studded event will be the CMA Music Fest in Nashville June 5th through 8th.

RUTHERFORD FATHER ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO PICK UP CHILD WHILE DRUNK
A Rutherford County father has been arrested for allegedly showing up at school, drunk, to pick up his child. Murfreesboro Police arrested 48-year-old Brandon Patrick yesterday, on multiple charges. They say he was intoxicated, was driving his Jag with an expired license plate, and then refused a breath test and refused to get into the car with them. He goes to court in July. 

TRAFFIC STOP IN RUTHERFORD LEADS TO SEIZED POT
Cops found nearly $20,000 worth of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County. The driver and passenger say they were deaded from Denver to Florida with the nearly ten pounds of pot. They're both in jail now facing felony charges.

9-11 MEMORIAL
President Obama and the First Lady are in New York City to help dedicate the new National September 11 Memorial and Museum today. The memorial includes artifacts from the attack that killed more than two-thousand people at the World Trade Center in 2001. Today, only dignitaries and family members of the victims get to go, the memorial opens to the public next week.

CALIF FIRES
California is under a state of emergency ... as at least a half-dozen wildfires are burning. They've already scorched more than nine-thousand acres, and one in San Marcos has forced people to evacuate Cal State University San Marcos and homes nearby.

IDOL TOP TWO TONIGHT. AUDITION ONLINE NOW, IN PERSON IN NASHVILLE THIS JULY
This season of American Idol is wrapping up. The top 2 contestants will be announced on tonight's show.
But auditions are already underway for next season. You can audition online http://www.americanidol.com/auditions, or wait till the producers come to town July 30th to audition live at Municipal Auditorium.

NFL COULD RELAX RULES ON POT USE
The NFL could be preparing to lessen its penalty for the use of marijuana and other drugs.  ESPN says the league is putting the finishing touches on a new policy that would increase the amount of pot that's okay to have in player's systems, and reduce the penalties for violations. 

TREE FALLS ON NASHVILLE DAY CARE CENTER DURING STORMS
During the storms yesterday a tree fell on a daycare center on Lebanon Pike in Nashville. The Rhythm and Rhymes Too daycare center received some damage but none of the kids or daycare workers inside were hurt.

WEATHER HALTS SEARCH FOR DROWNING VICTIM AT PERCY PRIEST 
And the weather put a halt to the search for the body of a 16 year old boy who drowned in Percy Priest lake this weekend, though crews are hoping to get back out there as soon as the weather permits.

FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE HERE IN NASHVILLE AND AROUND THE WORLD TODAY
You may go through a fast food drive through today and find no one there to wait on you. Workers in more than 150 cities across America, including Nashville, are on strike today, asking for 15 dollars an hour. Some also are asking for the right to unionize. Mix listeners Lori and Dave both reported seeing fast food workers at the Burger King on Nolensville near Thompson Lane out in front of the restaurant, carrying signs, saying, "Honk for the workers." Workers in more than 30 other countries are also on strike, at McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC. 

SENATE HEARING
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will be questioned in a Senate hearing today. He's under fire over problems at V.A. health clinics that may have led to the deaths of at least 40 veterans at the VA facility in Phoenix. There's a comprehensive review underway of all V.A. health clinics, nationwide.

FERRY CAPTAIN CHARGED WITH MURDER
The captain and three crew members of a South Korean ferry that sank last month are charged with murder.  Prosecutors filed charges today against the captain, chief engineer, and first and second mates.  Eleven other crew members have been indicted on charges of abandonment and violating a ship safety act.

CASEY KASEM NOT MISSING
Radio legend Casey Kasem is no longer missing. Kasem has advanced dementia, and his wife had hidden him from the family for months. After a judge ruled that Kasem's kids had legal right to find him, his family says they've found him, and that they're doing everything in their power to get the 82-year-old back home. 

HERO CAT SAVES BOY
Have you seen the cat that saved the little boy from a dog attack? It's an amazing video. BE WARNED that the original poster (the parent) included in this video some photos of the child's wounds before they were stitched up, and it's kind of gross. That part comes at the end of the video right after the screen says, "Thankfully it wasn't worse."